European Commission - EIDHR, DCI, EDF, IcSP
As an economic and political union consisting of 28 members that cooperate in several sectors, the EU is one of the main international actors active in the promotion of democracy and human right at a global level. Through its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), founded in 2006, the EU seeks to enhance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk; Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation; Supporting actions in areas covered by EU Guidelines: dialogue on Human rights, human rights defenders, the death penalty, torture, children and armed conflicts and violence against women; Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy; Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through monitoring electoral processes.
As one of ECES largest donors, the EU has funded ECES projects using different financial instruments - in Libya, the projects Won for Lybia, SUDEL I and SUDEL II funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR); in the SADC Region, the Project PEV-SADC - Preventing Electoral Violence in the Southern Africa Development Community - funded by the Instrument for Development Cooperation (IDC); the PACTE Madagascar Project and its extension funded by the European Development Fund (EDF); PARCAN I and PARCAN II in Guinea, Conakry funded through the European Development Fund (EDF); PACTE – Comoros funded through EIDHR; INCIPALS Project in Madagascar funded by EU's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP); Technical Assistance to the National Authority for Elections Project in Central African Republic funded through EuropeAid and PACTE-Burkina Faso partially funded through EU's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Republic of Austria
Federal Republic of Germany
Kingdom of Denmark
EFEAC is an initiative led by the ten member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The primary objective is to support EFEAC members states in contributing to the consolidation of democracy and governance in Africa. This will be achieved through the training of managers and stakeholders in the electoral process and the promotion of applied research in electoral matters. In this context, the EFEAC organizes different types of training in electoral administration.
The ECES-EFEAC partnership is based on the synergies between the two organizations, through which the electoral process can be effectively supported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the ECCAS countries, as well as in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). On the one hand, EFEAC focuses on regional expertise necessary for a school of regional reputation as well as contextual knowledge of the ECCAS countries. On the other hand, with the help of international experts, ECES provides support and expertise in working with international organizations, donors, and knowledge on European education standards.
OSCE - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, Asia and North America and cover most of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere.
The collaboration between the OSCE and ECES was translated into a training on tailored modules of the Bridge methodologies for the Civil Society Organizations in Kosovo delivered by ECES, organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, in December 2014 in Pristina.
Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All member states of the Council of Europe have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned. The European Union is preparing to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, creating a common European legal space for over 820 million citizens.
ECES and the Council of Europe cooperate in the publication of research and studies on issues related to electoral assistance, conflict prevention and the Electoral Cycle Approach.
Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia - DIPLOCAT
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) is a public-private partnership designed to foster dialogue and build relationships between the citizens of Catalonia and the rest of the world. DIPLOCAT seeks to contribute to discussions pertaining to the main global challenges by promoting the active involvement of Catalan society in the mutual exchange of ideas and best practices in key sectors like government, business, culture, and education, in order to promote a fairer, more peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.
The Council engages in public diplomacy with national and international audiences online and in person, leading to exchanges about Catalan issues as well as world affairs, organizing working visits, academic events, facilitating business networking, and by building capacity in international relations.
European Space Agency - ESA
The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, with 20 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a staff of more than 2,000 with an annual budget of about €4.28 billion / US$5.51 billion (2013). ESA's space flight program includes human spaceflight, mainly through its participation in the International Space Station program, the launch and operations of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon, Earth observation, science, telecommunications as well as maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre Kourou French Guiana, and designing launch vehicles. The main European launch vehicle Ariane 5 is operated through Ariane space with ESA sharing the cost of the launch and development of the vehicle. ESA science missions are based at ESTEC Noordwijk Netherlands, Earth Observation missions at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, ESA Mission Control (ESOC) is in Darmstadt,Germany, the European Astronaut Centre;(EAC) that trains astronauts for future missions is situated in Cologne, Germany, and the European Space Astronomy Centre is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.
The European Space Agency financed the innovative Sway4edu project implemented by Openet, with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the Central African School of Electoral Training (EFEAC), and the Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). This project aimed at providing electoral eLearning training to EMBs of the 10 ECCAS countries.
International Organisation of La Francophonie - OIF
The International Organisation of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its members share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language. The French language and its humanist values represent the two cornerstones on which the International Organisation of La Francophonie is based. The International Organisation of La Francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 77 member states and governments (57 members and 20 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers. IOF organises political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace and sustainable development.
ECES and the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) have entered into a partnership in order to collaborate in the area of electoral support in francophone countries. In the framework of this partnership, the two organisations worked together on several conferences, training and needs identifications missions in Madagascar, Gabon, Guinea Bissau and Republic of Congo.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The International Organization for Migration is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. With 151 member states, and 12 additional states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM works in the four broad fields of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. Crosscutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration. IOM Headquarters in Geneva.
ECES and IOM have worked in partnership in the delivering of the “Support to the Democratisation Process in Sudan” (SDP-SUDAN). The project was developed throughout 2013 to the benefit of the Sudanese National Electoral Commission (NEC).
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale - ISPI
Founded in 1934, ISPI is one of the oldest and most prestigious international relations institutes in Italy, with its headquarters in Palazzo Clerici, Milan. It is a private law association, and was granted the status of a non-profit-making body in 1972. ?ISPI’s scientific output has always been distinguished by a sound pragmatic approach, based on monitoring the various geo-political areas and interpreting the major trends in progress on the global scene, to provide political and economic operators with reliable information and guidance. Its interdisciplinary nature is maintained by the close collaboration of specialists in economics, politics, law, history and strategic studies (from both academic and non-academic circles) and by partnerships with prestigious institutions and research centres all over the world.
ECES and ISPI hold a long-lasting partnership that translates in the organisation of the Effective Electoral Assistance course. This is an annual training that ECES and ISPI deliver in partnership and that focuses on the principles and latest developments in the field of electoral assistance.
Openet Technologies S.p.A was founded in Matera in April 2000, as a spin off of a group of researchers, supported by major industrial groups and banks that accompanied its growth. Today, Openet has operational offices in Rome, Palermo and Brussels and is capable of providing advanced and innovative services that are geared towards overcoming the digital divide. OPENET works in the field of satellite telecommunications, by designing, building and managing advanced networks of information / communication for public and private operators.Seeing technology as a tool, OPENET supported the introduction of modern technologies in the important processes of open government and digital divide.
Openet Technologies worked closely with ECES in the implementation of the Sway4edu project facilitating electoral e-learning activities in the 10 ECCAS countries.
The Réseau des compétences électorales francophones is an international group of election administrators in the Francophone region that promotes the regular holding of free, fair and transparent elections. To achieve this goal, RECEF works to: support its members, contribute to their professional development, support them with the implementation of electoral stable neutral, autonomous and independent institutions; promoting of professionalism through the exchange of experiences and good practices; promoting the full participation of the citizens to the polls; the developing of research on elections; the establishment and strengthening of partnerships with any institution with purposes consistent with those of RECEF.
Réseau des Compétences Electorales Francophones (Network for francophone electoral competencies- RECEF) is a French-speaking organisation consisting of Electoral Commissions from 18 francophone countries with which ECES organised a training in Burundi in the context of the PAPSII programme, and provided its expertise in their annual conferences in Gabon and Mali.
Scytl is the worldwide leader in secure electronic voting, election management and election modernization solutions. Scytl solutions incorporate unique cryptographic protocols that ensure maximum security, transparency and auditability in all types of elections. Scytl’s groundbreaking electoral security technology enables organizations to electronically carry out all types of electoral processes in a completely secure and auditable manner, positioning the company as the global leader in the industry. Over the past 10 years, Scytl has managed over 100,000 electoral events electronically across more than 35 countries, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland the UAE, India and Australia.
In 2013 ECES and Scytl signed a strong partnership that translates in a close cooperation in the delivering of technological solutions to the beneficiaries of ECES projects. Among the several field of cooperation, ECES and Scytl are now working on the development of an e-Learning program for electoral stakeholders in Africa and especially for the benefit of the Electoral Commission in DRC.
Transtec is a leading European development consulting firm dedicated to delivering technical cooperation services for public, private and third sector organisations in emerging economies. Transtec was established in 1983, its mission is to contribute effectively to good governance, including the improvement of the performance and decision-making process in the public and private sector.
ECES and Transtec hold a strong partnership that focuses on the provision of long-term technical assistance and on a close cooperation in the drafting of call for proposals related to the field of electoral support. Additionally, ECES is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries for the provision of short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving EU external aid.